On Oct. 15, 2013, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) announced comedian and actor Ricky Gervais has joined their efforts to end experiments on cats and dogs. Ricky Gervais posed with his cat, Ollie, in support of Our Best Friends, a BUAV campaign calling on the UK Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.
In the press release Ricky said, "Cats share our homes, they are loving, loyal and playful and they deserve a safe and happy life, not one of suffering. That's why I am supporting the Our Best Friends campaign, taking action to bring a s to p to the suffering of cats and dogs in UK laboratories. Take a look at ourbestfriends.org and sign the petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition."
The campaign cites some striking statistics:
- 3,214 dogs and 202 cats were used in experiments in Great Britain in 2012; this represents a 6% increase for dogs and a 32% increase for cats on the previous year.
- 23% of British families now include at least one dog; approximately 19% have at least one cat.
The BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, said, "In the UK, dogs and cats are our most popular companion animals, yet they continue to be harmed in cruel experiments and there is no Government policy to reduce their use, let alone bring it to an end. We thank Ricky for his support and urge the public to join us to make their voices heard, by writing to their MPs to sign EDM 514 and by signing our petition today at ourbestfriends.org/petition."
According to Wikipedia, the BUAV is a British animal protection and advocacy group that campaigns for the abolition of all animal experiments. In 2012, the group successfully petitioned to prevent breeding farms in Yorkshire from stocking experimental laboratories with beagles. The group is currently campaigning against the same Yorkshire breeding farm, as the breeders resubmitted their request to open the facility.
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